BURY COLLEGE CADETS BACK MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
Bury College Cadets helped to promote and support better mental health in Bury during Mental Health Awareness Week 2017.
Students completing the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Sciences) Multi Professional Cadet Scheme joined Bury Council and local providers and partners to support better mental health for the residents of Bury. An event, which took place at Bury Town Hall, included speeches from the interim Chief Executive of Bury Council and the Mayor of Bury Councillor Mike Connolly.
The national mental health campaign is run by the Mental Health Foundation and the Bury College cadets were keen to join the rest of the Bury community to help shine a light on mental health conditions and raise awareness of local services.
19 year old Greg Preston was one of the cadets to attend the event. Greg, a former Rishworth High School pupil who lives in Rochdale, said, “I came along today to show my support and encourage people to talk more openly about mental health issues and make it not so much of a taboo topic. Everyone has mental health and I think it’s really important that we talk about it and take good care of it.”
As a second year cadet, Greg is completing a placement at Fairfield General Hospital in a Mental Health ward. In September, Greg will be progressing onto Sheffield Hallam University to study Children’s Nursing.
Former Philips High School pupil, 17 year old Drew Teasdale from Whitefield, is currently completing her placement at North Manchester General Hospital and would like to progress onto Paediatric Nursing.
Drew added, “I think today was a great chance to raise awareness about all the different mental health disorders and encourage people to open up and talk about it. It’s really important to share the message that people are not alone and there is help available.”
The cadet scheme is a two year course which is delivered in partnership with Pennine Acute Trust. Students spend three days a week in college working towards the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Sciences) and two days on a clinical placement gaining valuable hands-on work experience.
Mel Anderton, Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care at Bury College said, “I think it is lovely that we as a group have been able to come along today and show our support alongside the Bury community. Our cadets are very aware of the mental health issues through their college studies and placements settings.”
For further information about the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Sciences) Multi Professional Cadet Scheme please contact Bury College on 0161 280 8280.